Worldwide Communion of Catholic Apostolic Churches

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Worldwide Communion of Catholic Apostolic Churches
Formation17 August 2008 (2008-08-17)
FounderLuis Fernando Castillo Méndez
Founded atSan Lucas Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
TypeUnion of Independent Catholic Churches
HeadquartersUnited States
4,000,000[unreliable source?]
Abp.John Parnell[citation needed]
Dom Luis Fernando Castillo Méndez, patriarch of WCCAC from 1964-2009

The Worldwide Communion of Catholic Apostolic Churches (WCCAC) – Spanish: Comunión de Iglesias Católicas Apostólicas Mundiales (CICAM) is an association of several independent Catholic Churches, founded in Guatemala in 2008.[1][citation needed]The Communion is estimated to have a worldwide population of around four million members.[2][unreliable source?]


Catholic faith in general[edit]

The WCCAC defines Catholic faith as that as expressed in Bible, along with the professions in the Nicene and Athanasian Creeds and results of in the first seven Ecumenical Councils.[1] It also believes that all other beliefs and practices that are not contrary to Catholic faith can be accepted by local churches and by the faithful.[3]

Church structure[edit]

Local Churches are defined as followers organized to observe liturgy and sacraments and are grouped into Ecclesiastical Bodies. All the local churches are recognized as equal.

A bishop presides over the local church with the participation of the presbytery. The bishop is in communion with other local churches.[4]


The WCCAC administers the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, the Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation, Marriage, Holy Orders and of Extreme Unction (Last Rites). Each Ecclesiastical Province determines its own ritual for the celebration of the sacraments in accordance with the situation and local cultural context.[5]

  • Eucharist – The WCCAC believes in the transubstantiation of the bread and wine during the sacrament.[6]
  • Ordination – There are three levels of clergy in the WCCAC: deacon, priest, bishop. Only men can be ordained.[7]
  • Marriage – The WCCAC sees marriage as a sacred bond between a man and a woman. Similarly to Orthodox Catholic Church, the WCCAC believes the Sacrament of Marriage is administered by the Priest and not the couple. The WCCAC allows for dissolution of marriage by a bishop.[8]


The WCCAC is governed by the International Bishops Council. For organizational purposes, the Communion has a Board of Directors, an Honorary Advisory Committee, and an Executive Secretariat. The International Bishops Council meets every two years.

The council of the communion formed at San Lucas Sacatepequez, Guatemala on August 12–18, 2008.

Ecclesiastical bodies are formed by several local Churches in different nations and are presided over by a bishop. The WCCAC member bodies are:


  1. ^ a b "Fundación de CICAM". August 2008. Archived from the original on 2015-10-11. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
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  3. ^ Worldwide Communion of Catholic Apostolic Churches (WCCAC) constitution, Article 2
  4. ^ WCCAC Const. Art.3
  5. ^ WCCAC Const. Art. 4
  6. ^ WCCAC Const. Art. 5
  7. ^ WCCAC Const. Art. 6
  8. ^ WCCAC Const. Art. 8